Short Lines And Regionals
Indiana & Ohio Railway: The I&O is now part of Genesee & Wyoming's large family of railroads and operates through Ohio, mostly west of Columbus. Overall the company owns nearly 600 miles of unconnected lines and interchanges with all of Ohio's Class I railroads. Please visit G&W's website for career information.
Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway: The W&LE dates back to the 1870s, originally envisioned to serve Lake Erie ports with the coal fields of northern West Virginia, northeastern Ohio, and northwestern Pennsylvania. The original company was dissolved by Norfolk Southern in 1989 but was reborn a year later when the Class I spun off almost all of the original W&LE, Pittsburgh & West Virginia, and Akron, Canton & Youngstown trackage giving the new Wheeling & Lake Erie nearly 600 miles of wholly owned property. Today, with trackage rights the W&LE operates nearly 1,000 miles of railroad and connects with all of Ohio's Class Is and a number of smaller lines. The W&LE is independently-owned and you can find employment information via their website.
Ann Arbor Railroad: This historic short line, now a Watco property, dates back to the late 19th century and its peak connected Toledo with Frankfort, Michigan. However, today, the reborn Ann Arbor system only runs between Ann Arbor and Toledo. Please visit Watco's website for career information.
Ashland Railway: This short line operates two lines radiating northward from Mansfield, with one reaching West Salem and the other serving Willard. Overall, the railroad operates nearly 60 miles of track. Please visit the company's website for contact information.
Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson Railroad: This six-mile shortline serves the area around Jefferson and also provides summertime excursions for the public. The AC&J maintains a small website where you may find contact information.
Camp Chase Industrial Railroad: This terminal railroad serves western Columbus, switching a number of industries in the area. It is owned by owned by Carload Express, Inc. Please visit their website for job information.
Central Railroad of Indiana: This short line, owned by Genesee & Wyoming, is mostly situated in southeastern Indiana although it also reaches Cincinnati. Overall the railroad operates nearly 100 miles of track.
Chicago, Fort Wayne & Eastern Railroad: The CFW&E is yet another G&W short line operating over 300 miles of railroad in northern Indiana and Ohio connecting Tolleston (near Chicago) with Crestline.
Cleveland Commercial Railroad: This small short line serves industries near the city of Cleveland. To contact the company; 7632 Bond Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44139-5351.
Cleveland Harbor Belt: This terminal road also operates in along the lakefront serving the Port of Cleveland, utilizing about 1 total mile of track. The road began operations on August 1, 2012. Known contact information is not available.
Columbus & Ohio River Rail Road: This large short line, a G&W property, serves central and eastern Ohio operating nearly 250 miles of track between Mingo Junction at the border of West Virginia with Columbus.
Flats Industrial Railroad: The Flats Industrial Railroad, which has been in operation since 1996, also serves the industries surrounding Cleveland. To contact the company; 1757 Columbus Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.
Indiana Eastern Railroad: The Indiana Eastern Railroad operates former C&O trackage between Richmond, Indiana and Fernald, Ohio with a connection to both CSX and Norfolk Southern. Please visit the company's website for contact information.
Indiana Northeastern Railroad: The Indiana Northeastern Railroad has been in operation since 1992 and today serves the corners of three states; Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. The railroad connects to Norfolk Southern in Montpelier, Ohio and operates a system covering about 120 miles. The independently-owned railroad maintains its own website.
Lake Terminal Railroad: This short line is a Transtar property and operates a switching railroad serving industries located near Lorain based along Lake Erie. For job information please contact Transtar.
Mahoning Valley Railway: This railroad is owned by Genesee & Wyoming and operates just a short, six-mile section of track near Youngstown with connections to both CSX and NS.
Napoleon, Defiance & Western Railroad: This historic short line between Woodburn, Indiana and Toledo, Ohio but today only reaches as far east as Liberty. It is now a Pioneer RailCorp subsidiary (one of many); please visit their website regarding employment with the company.
Newburgh & South Shore Railroad: This historic railroad, now an OmniTRAX company, once served the steel mills located near Cleveland. However, today, it operates about five miles of track hauling a wide range of freight (including steel). OmniTRAX operates several short lines across the country; please visit their website regarding job opportunities.
Northern Ohio & Western Railway: The NO&W is another OmniTRAX property operating 25 miles of railroad between Tiffin and Woodville with connections to both CSX and NS.
Ohi-Rail Corporation: This small, independently-owned short line operates former New York Central branch lines between Minerva and Hopedale with connections to Norfolk Southern, W&LE. For information regarding job openings please visit their website.
Ohio Southern Railroad: Another Genesee & Wyoming shortline the railroad connects Zanesville with New Lexington and Glenford. The company has interchanges with both CSX and Norfolk Southern.
Republic N&T Railroad: This short line has been in operation and leases trackage owned by Norfolk Southern near Canton. To contact the company; 2633 8th Street Northeast, Canton, Ohio 44704-2311.
R.J. Corman Railroad - Western Ohio Lines: RJ Corman operates a variety of rail-related businesses, including shortlines. It currently owns to lines in Ohio including a 55-mile section between Warwick and Uhrichsville, and another 51-mile section between Lima and Portland, Indiana. Please visit the company's website for career information.
US Rail Corporation: US Rail operates several shortlines in the eastern United States, including three lines in Ohio near Cleveland, Jackson, and Hamilton. Visit their website for job opportunities.
Warren & Trumbull Railroad: The W&T is another Genesee & Wyoming shortline, that operates just four miles of track east of Warren with connections to both CSX and Norfolk Southern.
|Pittsburgh & Lake Erie MP15DCs #1594 and #1591 ease through the Center Street interlocking at Youngstown, Ohio performing regular switching chores while a Conrail freight waits for the main to clear on June 26, 1983.|
Youngstown & Austintown Railroad: Another Genesee & Wyoming property, the Y&A is also quite small operating just five miles near Youngstown and also connecting to both NS and CSX. Youngstown Belt Railroad: This short line is Genesee & Wyoming's largest in northeast Ohio operating 13 miles of railroad between Ravenna and Youngstown with connections to several railroads including NS and CSX.
Youngstown & Southeastern Railroad: The Y&S is owned by the Indiana Boxcar Corporation and has been in operation since 2006 running between Youngstown, Ohio and Darlington, Pennsylvania. Please visit Indiana Boxcar's website for contact information.
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